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Ok Ok sorry I didn't mean to hate on all you liberal arts degree muther fers.  I know that it must have been as much work as the rest of us.  I know when I was graduating from the college of agriculture I thought man it sure would have been tough taking those three theatre classes to complete my english degree.  I mean what is harder than analyzing Shakespeere's works.  Thats it, I've turned into what I hate the most, a smartass with a chip on my shoulder.  I'm struggling with this process, my only outlet is to take it out on those that are in better situations than myself.  I'm angry, I'm not going to pretend I'm not.  I got rejected from my alma matter.  My stupid fing LSAt was 2 points above their fing median.  Now I have to move 2 hours away.  Why because I don't fit into the grand scheme of things for my alma matter.  I love that they sent me fund raising shiznit three days after rejecting me.  Yes, please let me give you money, all I want is to sue you some day to pay you back.  This is it, I've become angry.  I'm angry that these idiots that call themselves adcomms can't get past the black and white numbers that are in front of them.  I'm motivated, for all the wrong reasons.  I've developed a me against the world complex ever since I was rejected from every school in my state.  I'm done with it all.  I could care less about these institutions, I just got my diploma in the mail.  I think I will hang it in my circular filing cabinet (office rip off).  I payed 20 grand for that piece of paper, what a joke.  The education system is a joke, I suppose that law school will be the same.  Angry, bitter, and angry that I'm bitter.  Peace out.

Last thing you need is a lecture, but you're getting one anyway.  At least a small one.  In bullet point format. 

1) Shake that chip; it'll just weigh you down.

2) Sleep in your bed - you made it.  I'm sleeping in my 2.095 bed - it isn't so bad.  At least I have a bed.

3) Maybe you should spend some time away from this site, and away from reminders of all those other schools that didn't accpet you.  They didn't want you, so you're not going there.  Whining about it is just like waving some entitlement flag. Don't even bother dealing with it; just move on and focus on where you can go.  If those schools aren't good enough for you, you can either kick a55, as the other dude suggested, and transfer up, or else you can forego law school entirely and become a farmer or something.

4) I know about bitterness - I'm the king of bitterness, and for no good reason.  But something I learned a long time ago is this:  Bitterness is EXTREMELY unattractive.  People don't want to hear it.  If the bitterness helps motivate you, fine, but you'd do better to keep it inside - letting it out is like losing your temper - no good can come of it. And make sure you offset it every now and then with a bit of gratitude.  I know very little about you, but I do know that, in the big picture, you're an EXTREMELY lucky person.  The fact that you're posting here about your law school decisions means that you're doing a lot better than about 4 billion other people.     

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Financial Aid / Re: Has Anyone Been Offered a FinAid Package Yet?
« on: March 16, 2006, 10:27:26 AM »
I heard from Suffolk on Tuesday.  They offered me a $5000 grant, a $1500 loan at 0%, and the full $8500 subsidized, $10,000 unsubsidized loans. 

 

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Suffolk's curve SUCKS.  It's at a 2.7 or 2.67.

According to this thread http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,28316.15.html Suffolk #4 on the "most competitive" list.  I think this is mostly due to the curve.  I look forward to it.

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And in a related story, this Suffolk prof was busted for watchin porn while administerin an exam.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO15703/

BOSTON -- A Suffolk University professor is under investigation by university officials following accusations of alleged pornographic misconduct.

According to Emily Macdonald, a student in the class, Professor Luis Garcia, allegedly watched porn on his computer, which was unknowingly connected to a monitor that was behind him.

The class ended half an hour following the display, and the students never tried to intervene.

According to a Suffolk University spokesperson, the school is taking "appropriate steps to investigate and resolve any concerns, (Garcia) has been suspended with pay until the review is complete."


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Everybody qualifies for stafford loans, so the answer would be none.  

Private loans I've seen generally seem to be in the prime+1 to prime+2 range, assuming good credit, which would make them 8.4%-9.4% these days.  

Stafford, right now, is about 5.5 I think, but that changes every year in july (tied to the T-bill rate or something like that).

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I know of a similar program in Massachusetts, so these programs may exist everywhere.  The one here is only applicable if you're a first time homebuyer, and there are some income restrictions, though they're generous (I think its 70K per year or something). 

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Sorry peoples, I am 100% man.


Sorry dude, bad guess on my part.  As far as this discussion goes though, I still don't think its taking things overboard.  Most of the guys I know (and most of the attorneys I know) don't give much thought to their appearances.  So when we're told to wear business attire, its time to circle the wagons and brainstorm.  I think a lot has been accomplished here. 

BTW I think you're dead on with the bow-ties.  I've managed enough people who weren't interested in being managed.  Usually that sort of personality will come out in an interview - at least a good interviewer would get to it - but I'd still be wary of a bow-tie wearer. 

As a side note on suits and appearances and what-not.  I work for a small firm - 10 attorneys, 7 are men.  Of the 7 men, 3 are slobs and 3 aren't slobs, but aren't otherwise particularly well dressed.  The only one who is a spiffy dresser is also the only one with biglaw experience.  I'm not sure if that says that biglaw goes after spiffy dressers or if spiffy dressers feel drawn to biglaw.  Probably neither, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. 

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Financial Aid / Re: Has Anyone Been Offered a FinAid Package Yet?
« on: March 09, 2006, 12:50:06 PM »
I got an envelope from Suffolk's financial aid office yesterday and was real excited.  i was devastated to find a letter inside saying they couldn't process my application due to some discrepency between my Suffolk Fin aid application and my FAFSA.  So I filled out the new form and faxed it to them and called the lady and was assured that I'd still be considered as having my application in before March 1 (priority filing date) but I'm still pretty bummed out. 

They couldn't tell me what the discrepency was.  What a headache.  Different forms ask similar questions differently, like one form asked my monthly mortgage payment and another just asked my monthly payment for my home - well my mortgage is one amount, but when you take homeowners insurance and property taxes into consideration, my monthly payment is like $400 more.  Stuff like that.  Pain in my butt.  Keeping my fingers crossed for some money.   

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The *vast* majority of companies do not pay you when you are taking maternity leave. I am shocked to hear that there is one, and curious to know what is the name of that company?  ;)

Interestingly, my wife would have been paid.  The company didn't pay here while she was out, but they would have paid her for that time, upon her return (actually, something like 6 months later). 

No, she didn't wait until the last minute, but it was getting close; I think she told them 2-3 weeks before her return date. 

I'm not denying that some people abuse the system - I've seen it myself.  But I'm telling you that this isn't a black or white thing - there are lots of grays here. 

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I would never move for school.  My life is here.  My parent, my wife's parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, they're all here.  Why would I go somewhere else? 

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